District 5 - Eveleth area
Last updated: 2015-02-24
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) reports snowmobile traffic in area has slowed with colder temperatures moving into area and trails are in good shape with recent snowfall. A meeting with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Conservation Officers and Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers was attended in Fort Frances, Ontario. Enforcement action for the week was excessive snowmobile speed.
CO Jim Van Asch (International Falls) spent the week focusing on snowmobile and angling enforcement. CO Van Asch worked a snowmobile detail with neighboring officers along the Arrowhead, Hagerman, and Bill Morgan trail systems. The trails were in very good condition throughout the week and into the weekend. The fishing report remains to be sporadic with anglers; although the cold weather has not stopped them from enjoying a day on the lake. Enforcement action was taken for operating a snowmobile in excess of posted speed limits, failure to display valid snowmobile registration, and angling without a license in possession.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports little outdoor activities with subzero temps throughout the week. Vehicle work along with office and computer work and computer training were tended to.
CO Brad Schultz (Cook) reports a small amount of new snow in the area has helped the snowmobile trails, however more snow would help. The extreme cold has prevented most outdoor recreation. A bobcat that was struck by a vehicle was dealt with.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) with the bitterly cold weather this week activity was low. Officer attended a round-table discussion in Ely, with CO Williams. The round table included amateur naturalists, addressing issues concerning endangered, threatened, and species of special concern. Toward the end of the week, with the warmup, activity level increased. The snowmobile trails in the area are in good condition and the number of snowmobilers has increased. Enforcement action taken: speeding on snowmobile, no registration, failure to display numbers, fail to display current registration, and improperly marked shelter. After observing a number of near misses on the trails, just a reminder that you should never enter corners at a speed that prevents you from staying to the right side of the trail.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked angling and snowmobiling activity, worked a snaring complaint and attended meetings in Duluth and with Ontario COs and Minnesota border COs. The officer also worked a complaint of theft of wood from a log stockpile from a state logging sale. Enforcement action was taken on trapping without a license and a number of snowmobile violations.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) saw an increase in snowmobile activity due to recent snowfalls. Fishing remains slow on most lakes. Time was spent meeting with FAS instructors to plan for upcoming classes. Fredin attended training and award recognition with other MN COs and Ontario COs.
Ray - vacant.